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manfru
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What are QBBackupTemp folders and can I delete them? They seem mostly to have a file with the extension .dsn

I have 46 backuptemp folders in my company file folder. I don't know where they come from and I would like to get rid of them.

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JenoP
QuickBooks Team

What are QBBackupTemp folders and can I delete them? They seem mostly to have a file with the extension .dsn

Hi manfru,

Yes, these temporary folders can be safely deleted. A QBBackupTemp folder is a temporary folder used as a holding area for QuickBooks file components during the QuickBooks Backup (.QBB) file preparation process. These files are automatically deleted once the backup file is completed. The .DSN files are backup files that did not complete successfully.

I hope this clears up your question for today. Feel free to leave a comment if you have follow-up questions. Have a good day!

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JenoP
QuickBooks Team

What are QBBackupTemp folders and can I delete them? They seem mostly to have a file with the extension .dsn

Hi manfru,

Yes, these temporary folders can be safely deleted. A QBBackupTemp folder is a temporary folder used as a holding area for QuickBooks file components during the QuickBooks Backup (.QBB) file preparation process. These files are automatically deleted once the backup file is completed. The .DSN files are backup files that did not complete successfully.

I hope this clears up your question for today. Feel free to leave a comment if you have follow-up questions. Have a good day!

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Cjaye
Level 1

What are QBBackupTemp folders and can I delete them? They seem mostly to have a file with the extension .dsn

Hello.  I changed the C: folder that I saved my Intuit in and deleted the original folder.  However, every day the deleted folder reappears and inside it is the DownloadQB27.  I've tried renaming this folder and keeping it.  I tried to place this folder into another folder.  Nothing works.  It just keeps reappearing!  Every single day....what can I do?  Thank you!!!

PreciousB
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What are QBBackupTemp folders and can I delete them? They seem mostly to have a file with the extension .dsn

Thanks for joining this thread, Cjaye.

 

Allow me to add some insights about the QBBackupTemp folders.

 

As shared by my colleague, this folder is a temporary holding area that is used during the backup process. Yes, you can move it to another folder, however, QuickBooks Desktop will automatically create it on the default location every time you make a backup copy.

 

This folder should get deleted automatically when the backup is completed. In some cases, the temp (.tmp) folder may remain if there is a failure error message during the backup. With that said, you'll have to manually delete it.

 

The "Clear up memory used by QBBackupTemp Folders" section of this article provides more details about this: Create backup of the QuickBooks Desktop company file

 

That should get you on the right track.If you have other questions, I'm happy to answer it for you. Just post it here as a comment and I'll take a look at it. Have a good one.
 

chenais siry
Level 1

What are QBBackupTemp folders and can I delete them? They seem mostly to have a file with the extension .dsn

I have so many files named QBBackup Temp and then the date. I have my files automatically backup but I cannot locate a file how can I find my most recent backup? 

MirriamM
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What are QBBackupTemp folders and can I delete them? They seem mostly to have a file with the extension .dsn

Welcome to the thread, @chenais siry.

 

You can use the wild card search from the Start menu to locate the most recent backup. Then, type one of the following into the search bar and ensure to include the asterisk (*) before the extension type, so the search works correctly.

  • *.qbw (Working File)  
  • *.qbb (Backup File) 
  • *.qba (Accountants Copy File)  
  • *.qbx (Accountants Transfer File)
  • *.qby (Accountants Change File) 

For further guidance, check out this article: Locating Backups and Company Data Files.

 

Once the search is complete, check the Date Modified column, it will show the last date the file is touch. But if you just tried to sign in to an older file with a password, this file will have a current date.

 

When you've found the file, take note of the location. You may also change the name of your company file so you can easily find it. 

 

If you have other questions or concerns for QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT), you're welcome to post here again. I'll be around to help. 

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